Archive for December 21st, 2011

December 21, 2011

The WikiLeaks Tribunal – Iraq Combat Vet Dan Choi Forcibly Ousted, Barred From Bradley Manning Hearing at Ft. Meade

Former U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi attended the pre-trial military hearing for accused Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning this weekend, but was barred from returning on Monday. Military security handcuffed Choi, pinned to the ground and ripped off his rank. The military says Choi was heckling, but Choi maintains he never disrupted the proceedings. He is an Iraq War combat veteran, supporter of Manning, and an openly gay service member who was discharged in 2010 under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “What Bradley Manning did as a gay American, as a soldier — a good soldier, in fact the only soldier in his entire chain of command who did the right thing and suffers the consequences unjustly — there’s no choice but for patriotic Americans to sit there and support Bradley Manning in the dignity and full honor of the uniform of service,” Choi tells Democracy Now!